Talks fail again,teachers’ stir to continue

The representatives of the unions had a meeting with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Tope.

Written by Express News Service | Published:May 4, 2012 2:23 am

The agitation called by degree college teachers under the banner of the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers Organisation (MFUCTO) will continue as talks between the state and MFUCTO representatives ended inconclusively on Wednesday.

The representatives of the unions had a meeting with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Tope.

General Secretary of MFUCTO Tapti Mukhopadhyay said,“We had discussions with both the ministers. Many of our demands were negated in the meeting. The education minister also did not seem very confident while talking. We were promised that we will be given an official document and we were asked to send our comments. However,we cannot give our reactions on an unsigned document. So we will continue with the boycott till the time we don’t get proper documents signed by the officials concerned. We have written a letter to the government and are hoping for another meeting to be held soon.”

“MFUCTO cannot withdraw its boycott as the government is not sending officially signed documents which reflect the actual points on which we had agreed. They had agreed that arrears (of the Sixth Pay Commission) would be paid to the teachers within a month. They had also agreed that a government resolution will be issued in two months to regularise appointment of teachers affected by National Eligibility Test (NET) or State Level Eligibility Test (SET). The government has not given us any concrete date for payment of the arrears or resolution of the NET/SET issue. We have sent a note to the state,which conveys our reaction and our decision to not end the stir,” said a MFUCTO representative.

Hema More of Pune University Teachers’ Association said,“Our representatives met the CM and the education minister. We were to get the minutes of the meeting after the discussion. But we got an unsigned document and we cannot accept that as an official confirmation of our demands by the government.”

Their demands include payment of arrears,granting of placement benefits to lecturers (appointed between 1991 and 2000) affected by the NET/SLET in compliance with directions issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC),removing inconsistencies in the government resolutions with respect to revision of payscales for teachers of colleges of social work,physical education and librarians by amending them,among others. As part of their agitation,the teachers have boycotted exam paper assessment duty.

In April too,talks between the state government and MFUCTO had ended in stalemate.

“After each discussion,the government goes back on its word. What is the point of negotiating if the government will never honour its commitments?” alleged a MFUCTO member.

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